As if we didn’t have enough going on this month, a San Franciso-based security company, ZecOps, is reporting a vulnerability flaw involving the Mail app that may affect iPhones and iPads. This exploit only requires victims to download, not necessarily open, an email, which could allow hackers to install malicious software on their device.
The vulnerability has existed as far back as iOS 6, with six targets identified for the attacks. This reportedly includes 1. employees of a telecommunications company in Japan, 2. a large U.S. firm, 3. & 4. tech companies in Israel and Saudi Arabia, 5. an individual in Germany, and 6. a European journalist. Emails used to launch the malicious code have since been deleted so ZecOps is unable to examine the code. Apple is seemingly aware of the bug, with fixes in place in the latest iOS beta, but not in the most recently publicly released version of iOS.
Discovered bugs like this one remind us the importance of always upgrading to the latest version of iOS and macOS. To learn more, visit here.